Family Uses Girl, 8, As Suicide Bomber Against Police

Family Uses Girl, 8, As Suicide Bomber Against Police

A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya on Monday, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks on three churches in the same city, Punch reports. “The suicide bombers rode two motorbikes up to a checkpoint outside a police station and blew themselves up,’’ police chief Tito Karnavian told a news conference in Indonesia’s second-largest city. He said that the child –a girl — survived the explosion, and CCTV footage showed the stumbling around her in the aftermath. East Java police spokesman, Frans Barung Mangera, said four officers and six civilians were wounded in the attack. “We hope the child will recover. We believe she was thrown three metres (10 ft) or so up into the air by the impact of the explosion and then fell to the ground,” Mangera said, adding she has been rushed to hospital. President Joko Widodo branded the attacks in Surabaya the “act of cowards,” and pledged to push through a new anti-terrorism bill to combat Islamist militant networks. After some major successes tackling Islamist militancy since 2001, there has been resurgence in recent years, including in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in the capital, Jakarta. Police suspected a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, an umbrella organisation on a U.S. State Department terrorist list carried out Sunday’s attacks on the churches. “In the case of Surabaya, they escaped detection, but once it happened we moved fast to identify their network. The father of the family involved in those attacks was the head of a JAD cell in the city,” Karnavian said.

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